• Deb Teolis Deb Teolis
    May 19, 2010
    benefits of femara
    Deb Teolis Deb Teolis
    May 19, 2010

    I had a lumpectomy in October..2.5 cm. I get annual mammos..this cancer grew fast and I was told it was due to the prempro...I immediatley went off the prempro

    Lump was taken out..did not spread to the lymph nodes..had a test done on the lump at Genomics Health to determine if the cancer we hereditary..it was not..

    I had 28 radiation treatments and was put on Femara - the side effects are aweful and the benefit is a 27 % chance of the cancer not returning.

    Since the lump is gone and I am on any HRT and I had radiation, why is the femara necessary?






  • PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    May 19, 2010
    PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    May 19, 2010

    Hi Deb - Please read our aromatase inhibitor FAQS for specific information about how Femara works to inhibit breast cancer. Your doctor is trying to protect you from any errant cells that might have slipped into your bloodstream, or into surrounding tissue, and that weren't killed by the radiation. It's always a tough process, trying to balance benefit (lowering your chance of recurrence) with cost (awful side effects); and only you can make the choice. Be sure you understand the statistics; if your risk of recurrence was 10%, the Femara lowers it (by 27%) to about 7 1/2%; are the side effects worth that extra 2 1/2%? Your call... Good luck - PJH


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